University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the UT Film Library Collection, 1938-1982

Descriptive Summary

Creator: UT Film Library
Title: UT Film Library Collection
Dates: 1928
Abstract: Consists of films created by or for the University of Texas on topics including educational training, UT programs, campus life and football, as well as the history and culture of Texas and the Southwest.
Accession No.: 89-384
Extent: 171 film reels (122 titles), 2 video tapes and DVD access copies
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical/Historical Note

Created in 1917 as part of the University’s Division of Extension, the UT Film Library offered films on a variety of topics, primarily of an educational nature, on a rental-fee basis to the university community as well as to other educational institutions across the country. The Film Library could provide these services to primary and secondary public schools as a department of the Visual Instruction Bureau. Once the VIB disbanded in 1976, the Film Library became a part of the University’s Division of Continuing Education for a short period until it was permanently absorbed into the General Libraries in March of 1978. The Film Library continued offering rented films, projectionist services, and cleaning services until its operations were discontinued officially on July 13, 1990. Since that time, the services offered by the Film Library have been handled by the University’s Audio-Visual Library.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 122 motion picture film titles (171 reels) and two videotapes. Some of the films were made at UT or are about the University, and others were made by Texas state agencies. Additional titles pertain to the history and culture of Texas, the South and the Southwest. The films date from 1938 to 1974. One of the videotapes dates from 1982.


Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access. However, arrangements may need to be made prior to viewing the films. A portion of these records are stored remotely at LSF. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Calhoun, John C., 1782-1850.
Stone, Willard, 1916-1985.
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin
Educational films.
Texas Education Agency.
Student activities -- Texas.
University of Texas -- Football.
Express highways--Texas.
Austin (Tex.) -- Description and travel -- 20th century.
Waco (Tex.) -- Description and travel -- 20th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

UT Film Library Collection, 1938-1982, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection processed by archives staff in July 2005. Subsequent revisions made by Emily Calkins, May 2010; and Justin Kovar, August 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Stored onsite at SRH:

2/Film B2 Texas v. Texas A & M [football], 1938
Southwest Conference Football Highlights 1951
1 reel, color film with sound track, 16mm
[DVD copy in box 2X7a][Click for video]
[Baylor, Texas, Arkansas, Rice, A&M, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, and Kentucky football teams in the 1951 Southwest Conference.]
Southwest Conference Highlights [football], 1963
This Is Your University
University of Texas at Austin, Highlights of 1974
Paisano, or Gift of Time [KLRU film; produced and distributed by the Southwest Creative Film Center], 1971
1 reel, color film with sound track, 16mm
[DVD copy in box 2X7a][Click for video]
[Film about the Dobie Paisano Fellowship for artists and writers to live at the Paisano Ranch outside of Austin, TX.]
Southwest Conference Highlights, 1949
1 reel, color film with sound track, 16mm
[DVD copy in box 2X87b][Click for video]
[A highlight reel, narrated by Kern Tips, of football games from the 1949 Southwest Conference season. The highlights are interspersed with a comical storyline of a football fan named Cecil traveling to the season-ending game between Rice and North Carolina (Southwest Conference champions vs. Southeast Conference champions).]
2/Film B3 To the Ends of Time [McDonald Observatory], 1971
2 reels
University World: [KLRU films; produced and distributed by UT/RTF], 1958
Germanic Language
Geology - Mountains
2/Film B4 Other KLRU films produced and distributed by UT/RTF:
35-1 [by Wayne Ewing], 1971
The Time Is Now
5 reels
The Valley [Rio Grande Series #3]
Six Short Films [KLRU films by Silvero Perez]
Films produced by UT-Austin:
Austin Cerebral Palsy Center, 1956
It's Almost Tomorrow, 1956
3 reels
Co-operative training in Diversified Trades, 1956
3 reels
2/Film B5 Wanted: Skilled Workers, 1956
2 reels
UT Geology Department, 1960
Structure of Minerals
2 reels
Ground Water
Rocks and Time
Volcanic Eruptions
2 reels
Teaching English Excerpts, 1962
Spadework for History:
Part I - Salvaging American Prehistory, 1964
2 copies
Part II - The Woodlands, 1964
3 reels
2/Film B6 Part III - The Plains, 1963
6 reels
Part V - Plateau and Pacific, 1963
3 reels
Trouble Lurks Below [Humble Oil], 1941
Deep Horizons [Sun Oil], 1941
Lone Star Roundup [Western Television/Pathe], 1951
Texas Good Roads - Texas Highways in Trouble
Turning Point: The Need to Repair Texas' Roads
2/Film B7 Waco Disaster Study
Gone to Texas
2 reels
Command Performances in Steel [Lone Star Steel], 1957
Three Leagues for Texas
2 reels
Six Flags Over Texas, 1964
3 reels
Texas: Today's Fun-tier 1963
4 reels
2/Film B8 Grand Canyon
Southern Pacific - 100 Years in Texas
With Benefit of Counsel [Texas Bar Assn.], 1953
John C. Calhoun [EBF], 1957
Texas - The Big State
Texas Curriculum Studies [NEA], 1961
Race Relations [Young America/Fisk University], 1955
Songs of the South; Songs of the West
Language Unlimited [UT-Austin], 1966
Swimming for a Congenital Quad Amputee [UT-Austin], 1968
The Tape Recorder - An Effective Teaching Instrument
3 reels
Jerald F. Belton [UT-Austin] 1971
2/Film B10 Acromantic [KLRU film by Jack Moore; produced and distributed by the Southwest Creative Film Center], 1971
Et Cetera [KLRU film by Jack Moore; produced by the Southwest Creative Film Center and distributed by UT/RTF], 1971
Baking School [UT-Austin]
Promises to Keep [NEA & Motion Pictures Productions of Texas, Inc.], 1969
Heads You Win
2 reels
The Highest Level
America's Lifelines [Texas Dept. of Public Safety]
Physics: The View From Here [UT Physics Dept.], 1971
Take That First Step [produced and distributed by the Southern Regional Education Board]
Teaching the Mentally Retarded - A Positive Approach [produced by the Southwest Texas Educational Board and distributed by the Southwest Texas Educational Television Council; KLRU film], 1967
The Senses and Information Perception [UT-Austin]
2 reels
2/Film B11 Teaching English [UT-Austin], 1962
Lessons 1-7
14 reels
2/Film B12 Lessons 8-15
16 reels
2/Film B13 Lesson 16
2 reels
Adventures in Education Series, [Texas Education Agency], 1957
#1 – Universal Education as the Guardian Genius of Democracy
#2 – The Teaching Profession Vital to Society
#3 – The United States’ Education Seen Through Foreign Eyes
#4 – Education’s Foundations in the Arts and Sciences
#5 – The Role of the Teacher in the Dawn of United States Education
#6 – The Teacher and the Conquest of a Continent (1800-1900)
#7 – United States Education’s Coming of Age in the World (1900-)
#8 – Philosophy’s Uses in Planning Wise Directions for Education
#9 – The Teacher, the Law and the Structure of United States Education
#11 – Insight into the Nature of the Child and Individual Differences
#12 – The Universe and Community in which the Child Grows
#14 – The Design and Planning of Courses and Lessons
#15 – Teaching as a Communication of Ideas, Systematic Knowledge, Skills, and Enthusiasm for Learning
#17 – The Well Designed Use of Audio-Visual Materials
2/Film B14 #20 – Administration and the Advancement of Effective Teaching
#22 – Parents and the Community as Teachers
#23 – Progress in the Realm of Elementary Education
#24 – The Unique and Invaluable United States High School
#25 – United States Higher Education and the Keys to Our Future
#26 – Teachers Teach Themselves and Participate in Humanity’s Vast Future
KLRU films
Learning to Live [produced and distributed by the Southwest Texas Educational Television Council], 1973
Operation Teenager [Texas Dept. of Corrections]
The Apple Tree
Kenya Uganda Safari [Audobon Wildlife Theater; produced and distributed by KEG Productions], 1969
The March of Time, 1952
Figures [produced by the American Federation of Arts; distributed by the Ford Foundation]
Willard Stone, Wood Sculptor [produced by Michael Smith and distributed by the Southwest Creative Film Center], 1972
Music of America: Songs of a Young Nation [produced and distributed by the National Education Television & Radio Center]
Discovery in a Landscape [produced by the American Federation of Arts; distributed by the Ford Foundation]
3Y219f VHS Videotapes
Frontiers in Drug Science [UT Drug Dynamics Institute], June 23, 1982
U-Matic Videotapes
Drifting of the Continents [Time-Life]


Stored offsite at LSF:

89-384/1 Visit to Campus
Vision Across Texas
Bill Purdy original and blind film
89-384/2 Univ. World; Oil
Univ. World: 75th Year
Univ. World: Texan
Univ. World: Oil, Drama, German, ROTC 1970
89-384/3 Governor Daniels spot, cancer clips
Places in the News, etc.
Project Math clips
2 reels
The planes
89-384/4 University World: Education
2 reels
University World: Mountains
University World: Confederates
University World: Classics
University World: Chemistry
89-384/5 University World: Union
World of Weather
University World: Chemistry, Anthropology
University World: Weather
Polio [?]
89-384/6 Sreb Duke
University of Texas KLRN
University World: Drama
Football footage
University World: German
89-384/7 Radio/TV
University World: German
University World: Mountains
University World: Oil
UT College of Education
Tapping Our Potential
University of Texas
University World: Confederates
2 reels
University World: Weather
Burdine Hall
Whitehead animation
A Visit to the Campus
3 reels